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The Advocate brings readers the latest news from the world of gay sports. Follow the most recent developments about the people, policies, and players who are shaping national and international dialogue about athletes and the LGBT community. Read about Michael Sam, Jason Collins, Brittney Griner, Darren Young, Johnny Weir, Fallon Fox, and more luminaries of the gay sports arena who are trailblazers in basketball, football, soccer, baseball, hockey, tennis, swimming, track, and golf. Find out about upcoming and past Olympic Games, and how lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender athletes are helping to advance the marathon of equality on an international scale.
First Active College Football Player to Come Out: Willamette's Conner Mertens

First Active College Football Player Comes Out

By announcing that he's bisexual, Willamette University's kicker, Conner Mertens, becomes the college football player to come out while still active in the sport. 

First Active College Football Player Comes Out

Conner Mertens, Willamette University's kicker, tells his story

Blake Skjellerup Misses Olympic Qualification

Blake Skjellerup Misses Olympic Qualification

Gay New Zealand Olympic hopeful Blake Skjellerup announces that he will not be heading to Sochi next week.

The Long History of Olympic Boycotts, Protests and Demonstrations

The Long History of Olympic Protests

Geopolitics have always been associated with the Olympics, and this year will be no exception.

Maddow: Gay Athletes in Sochi Are Brave

Maddow: Gay Athletes in Sochi Are Brave

Rachel Maddow says LGBT athletes being out at the games will be like a "one-finger salute" to Vladimir Putin."

WATCH: WWE Star John Cena Supports Gay Wrestlers

WATCH: WWE Star John Cena Supports Gay Wrestlers

John Cena expressed support for fellow WWE star Darren Young's decision to publicly come out as gay on a recent episode of Watch What Happens Live.

PHOTOS: Soccer Fans Take a Stand for LGBT Nigerians

PHOTOS: Soccer Fans Take a Stand for LGBT Nigerians

Several soccer fans waved pro-LGBT banners and rainbow flags at a match between the Nigerian and South African national teams on Sunday.

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

Putin's PR Contradicts Reality

Russia's president claims no one is discriminated against and no one is hurt by antigay laws — meanwhile, arrests continue.

NBC's Maria Sharapova Isn't Going to Talk About LGBT People

Don't Ask NBC's Maria Sharapova to Talk About Gay Russia

As part of NBC's Olympics coverage, the tennis star is assigned to share stories about how beautiful it is to live in Russia, where she's from.

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